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Sycamore’s Art Attack searches for new home

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:34 p.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Art Attack Gallery in Sycamore is looking for a new home after a potential tenant offered to pay full rent for the basement of the building at 215 W. Elm St. in Sycamore.

Susan Edwards, director of Art Attack Gallery, said she was only paying a portion of the $2,000 monthly rent to use the basement space because the building owner had been subsidizing them.

After someone recently offered to pay the full $2,000 rent, the building owner gave Art Attack Gallery until May 1 to move out.

“I’m taking this as a positive,” Edwards said. “This is an opportunity to turn this into something absolutely fabulous.”

The building owner did not want to comment Friday but said he will update the public accordingly, Edwards said.

In the meantime, Art Attack Gallery will still teach youth classes this summer at local schools and at the Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St., Sycamore.

Edwards has met with the Sycamore Park District to discuss the possibility of forming a partnership. Edwards estimated it would take a year or longer if that were to happen.

Art Attack Gallery is a nonprofit organization. Edwards and her family have used hundreds of thousands of their own money to keep the business going, but even with her building owner providing an in-kind donation of about $7,200 a year in rent costs, it still wasn’t enough.

Art Attack Gallery used to be located in the upper level of the building but was moved downstairs, which has hurt them, Edwards said.

“We’re not visible to the public or handicapped-accessible,” she said. “This was something that needed to be done, anyway.”

Art Attack Gallery co-op members moved over the winter to a vacant storefront window at 366 W. State St., at the intersection of State and California streets, in Sycamore.

The move was initially done to promote Art Attack Gallery, said Fae Lynch, who helped start the co-op. Now, those who have art supplies at the Elm Street location need to pack up.

“Some people have gathered their stuff out already,” Lynch said.

Many of the art supplies are still at the Elm Street location. Edwards is trying to find a location to store them, but warehouses won’t work because extreme temperatures could affect supplies like paint.

Registration is still open for youth classes, but adult classes will not be held until Edwards finds a new location.

“We are not closing,” she said. “We’re just moving. We will be someplace somewhere.”

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